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Hammers can still qualify for Europe, says Cresswell

 

Aaron Cresswell
Aaron Cresswell

By Staff Reporter

Aaron Cresswell insists West Ham can still claim seventh spot in the Premier League despite their latest setback.

The Hammers, previously unbeaten at home since the turn of the year, would have climbed into the potential Europa League spot with victory over Everton at the London Stadium on Saturday.

Instead first half goals from Kurt Zouma and Bernard condemned them to a deflating 2-0 defeat.

Even a top-half finish looks a tall order now, with three of West Ham's next four matches away at Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham.

But Cresswell, stand-in skipper in the absence of Mark Noble, is determined not to let the season fizzle out.

"We're aiming for seventh place," he said. "The top six is done now and that seventh spot is where we want to be.

"But there's four other teams who want that and it's going to be tough.

"There are six games to go, with some tough games in there, and we want points from them."

"It was a bad day at the office," added Cresswell. "Everton fully deserved the win.

"We weren't good enough throughout the whole game. They went 2-0 up and that was too hard to come back from."

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